Saturday, 16 February 2019

GCE A-Level results out on Feb 22, those headed to poly can now enrol and graduate earlier

The A-Level exam results will be released on Feb 22 and school candidates will receive their results from their respective schools from 2.30pm onwards.

Private candidates will get their results through the post. They may also view their results online on the Examination Results Release System on the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board’s website from 2.30pm onwards on Feb 22.

GCE A-Level holders who are planning to enrol in a polytechnic will no longer have to wait an additional year for admission.

From this year, they will be able to do so within the same year of receiving their results. This means they are now able to complete a course within two and a half years instead of three.


Antibiotics still being used to 'fatten' animals in 45 countries despite health warnings

Antibiotics. Image for illustration only

Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday (Feb 14).

Of 155 countries that reported data between 2015 and 2017 for an OIE update on use of drugs in livestock farming, 45 said antibiotics were given to animals to prevent infections and fatten them up.

The use of antibiotics to promote growth in healthy animals has been banned in Europe since 2006 and in the United States since 2017 because it fuels the development of dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.

The OIE report said that of the 45 countries reporting continued antibiotic use for growth promotion, 18 are in the Americas, 14 are in Asia and Oceania and 10 are in Africa.

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Eating lots of meat tied to higher risk of liver disease

People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests.

Researchers focused on what's known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn't clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention.

Overweight people who ate the most animal protein were 54% more likely to have fatty liver than individuals who consumed less meat, the analysis found.

Most people have a little bit of fat in their liver. Fatty liver disease can occur when more than 5% of the liver by weight is made up of fat. Excessive drinking can damage the liver and cause fat to accumulate, a condition known as alcoholic fatty liver, but even when people don't drink much, they can still develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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